Craigslist Crapshoot

The World’s Worst Car Is For Sale On Craigslist
Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer. 
Whether perennial Presidential candidates or Gretchen trying to make Fetch happen, some people just never give up on a lost cause. Last week, we wanted you to find ads for cars for which someone had – given up, that is. We’ll see the lostiest in just a sec – you  know, just ’cause. But first, this week’s quest.
This week let’s go old-school. What I think we need – nay, deserve – is some longroof love. What I think we should be getting into is wagons with stick shifts – you know, family haulers with benefits. While we’re at it, let’s set the price limit at $3,000. For all of you across the pond, that’s about 2,650€.
As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Since we’ve changed commenting systems, you may need to update your commenter account. Make sure you have a Disqus account – they’re free and easy to get – and then comment away.

Got that? Good, now let’s get lost.


Have you ever seen the movie Lost Horizon? Based on the book of the same name by James Hilton it was directed by Frank Capra and both book and movie brought Shangri-La into our lexicon. There, in that Himalayan paradise you could live an idyllic life, and for far longer than normal.
It would take that existence to put up with many of the projects you all found last week. Given up on by their present owners, they ranged from rides with one fatal flaw – like the “pity cruiser” found by Kiefmo, to the optimistically priced mushroom farm that has taken the shape of a mid-seventies Chevy Laguna. That one was found by P161911, and it’s our lost-est cause of last week.  Congrats to P161911, and thanks to you all for keeping the flame alive for all these lost causes.

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  1. http://newyork.craigslist.org/brx/cto/5086620132.html
    Toyota 1979 for sale or trade
    1979 toyota corolla station wagon for sale or trade.
    Please email for serious inquiry only.
    Meanwhile no price or what he wants to trade for. In my mind he wants to trade it for $2995 and a Wawa Classic Meatball sub, which thanks to Hoagiefest is only $4.99 right now.

  2. http://cnj.craigslist.org/cto/5054695851.html
    I’m including this one because it is your prototypical CL listing where the guy wants too much for a car that is broken, adds in completely irrelevant facts, can’t communicate what the car actual is/needs/does and then tells you he won’t negotiate.
    So he has to sell it because he needs to make room on his policy for it. Sounds like you’ll negotiate.
    Honda Accord – $3500 (somerset)
    http://images.craigslist.org/00M0M_hyniRlw8hIF_600x450.jpg
    1992 Station Vagon Honda Accord
    168000 miles
    i really do not want to sell this car …. but i need to because i have already 5 cars and my insurance policy do not allow me to have another one under this policy, I have also 5 classic cars that I need to put insurance for car shows
    this car is nice, good condition for its age.. Recently painted… it is manual transmission.
    the transmission works, but it goes to 1, 2, and not 3… rear works… I think it needs some gears work.
    i got this car from a tenant that owed me money
    I have the title
    come see it
    I am willing to trade it with construction tools, electronics, classic car, construction material, etc
    please only serious buyers.. I am not showing the car,, if you are not really serious about buying this car… thanks
    this is a nice car for racing, really good
    H22 engine…. brand new.
    please do not lower this price…

    1. It’s cool as hell, but rationalizing the “wagon” part was only part of the equation. Now you have to convince us that the exchange rate is 10:1 between Canada and the US.

        1. ” I also have many other parts you may want to buy for it including troop seats, top bows, etc.”
          Top bows. Close enough.

      1. Eh, it’s something like that.

        Plus the guy didn’t mention anything about about lowballers, tire kickers, or test pilots, so he’ll probably accept $3000.

    1. So much invested (full paint job?) and then it is sold at a price similar to a zombie Falcon wagon? What’s fishy here? Great blue leather seats though, wow.

      1. Maybe it was a $299 Maaco paint job? Those will look good in pictures, but not up close. The paint job was done 6 years ago, maybe the previous owner? How much can you realistically expect to get for a Volvo with a quarter-million miles? The rest reads like regular upkeep on an old car. The Falcon is overpriced.

      2. Same year, paint, and interior trim as mine except this one has better paint and 60,000 more miles.

        1. You should ask if he wants to swap seats. Leather seats in 240s are pretty rare in Scandinavia and I really like the odd colour on these.
          Early on, the 240 was very expensive, and most people here bought absolutely basic trim. Later on, the 240 became “the people’s car” of Northern Europe, and with one at every corner, people seem to have thought it was even more of a waste to invest in optional equipment.

      1. Extree points for the whitewash picket fence plank dash, door pockets and box of parts with empty YooHoo bottle ….

  3. I found 3 local candidates for this Crapshoot.
    The first is a ’98 Legacy Wagon for $3k. It’s an obvious choice. A bit too obvious. http://annarbor.craigslist.org/cto/5071211495.html
    The second is a 2002 Kia Rio Wagon for $1800. It’s cheap, but there is nothing desirable here. http://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/cto/5089354441.html
    The third I found intriguing. It’s not really desirable, but it hits that level of obscurity where you think “I’d almost forgotten that those ever existed,” and it is my submission for this Craigslist Crapshoot. Behold the 2000 Suzuki Esteem Wagon for $2250!
    http://images.craigslist.org/00303_4d65gYcn1Al_600x450.jpg
    http://detroit.craigslist.org/wyn/cto/5070174748.html

      1. The Esteem (or “Baleno”, as it was called in Jurop, for no apparent reason) is a true “poor people’s car” around here. They are kept alive and a very visible in traffic still. Buy one now, sell it to the highest bidding nostalgic in 20 years…

  4. I’ve got three everyday wagons and a simple reiteration of how Norway is, indeed, wagon country:
    http://s26.postimg.org/3lsx4o3ft/Wagon_Country_Norway.png
    1997 Mitsubishi Galant, 890$ – needs tech inspection, which is a hard sell on a Mitsubishi. But I’ve always liked the sharp look of these.
    http://finncdn.no/mmo/2015/6/vertical-3/22/4/609/005/34_1052066478_xl.jpg
    1995 Citroën XM, 1000$ – tech inspection is out, car is in everyday use anyway. Some small issues and rust, will be wrecked on 28th june if nobody wants it. Would be a shame, really.
    http://finncdn.no/mmo/2015/6/vertical-3/23/7/609/497/67_1907173978_xl.jpg
    1999 Saab 9-5, 1400$ – claimed to be in very good shape apart from a gas tank leak, even though it will also need tech inspection very soon.
    http://finncdn.no/mmo/2015/6/vertical-3/23/5/380/570/25_1524174100.jpg

    1. That’s only $100. Scrap value in the US is around $125-$150 for this car. Does it cost for an individual to scrap a car in Europe?

      1. When tried to get rid of dad’s old Opel some years ago junkyards offered 200 eur for it, but maybe that was during boom times in steel prices and that was relatively well optioned Vectra with the Diesel engine which was probably a plus.
        I’m quite sure this Skoda above doesn’t have current inspection and is maybe not in reg.
        One could buy Opel Astra F wagon for the same money with 2 months left until inspection renewal. In Germany inspection is not an joke and correcting everything to OK level will be expensive.
        http://suchen.mobile.de/fahrzeuge/details.html?id=211032912

    2. Is that car registered? Cash-for-clunkers alone is 382$ in Norway; just a pitty it would be unregisterable without paying massive import duties.

      1. Probably not registered and without current inspection which would be mentioned otherwise. Secretive seller…

    3. Am I the only one who’s bummed Skoda didn’t keep the Felicia nameplate around long enough to release a Bye edition?

    1. Correct, the US never got the AWD model. AWD showed up later, for example in the V70XC.
      I miss my 1994 850 Turbo Wagon

    1. Side perk of Hooniverse/Craigslist Crapshoot:

      If any of us move to a different continent, we will know exactly what classified sites to use!

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